HICKORY,-A Catawba County teen pleaded guilty in superior court on Wednesday after he was arrested in 2013 for breaking into homes and stealing women’s underwear.
Matthew “Bloomers” Pearson pleaded guilty to three counts of misdemeanor larceny and one count of misdemeanor secret peeping. He was sentenced to serve 24 months of probation, 120 hours of community service, and to pay $1,542.50 in restitution and $975 in fines and court costs.
He was also ordered to have no contact with the victims or their families.
During the plea deal the charges were reduced from the felonies Pearson was originally charged with.
The arrest happened in April of 2013, when police said Pearson, who was then 18-years-old, admitted to his involvement in home break-ins in a neighborhood along Spencer Road northeast of Hickory.
Since 2010, officials said, residents had complained that a prowler was on the loose and sometimes peeping into homes.
“We see break-ins all the time,” Deputy Joel Fish of the Catawba County Sheriff’s Office said after the arrest in 2013, “What is different about these cases is what the suspect allegedly took – women’s underwear.
“Stealing ladies’ undergarments is a lot different than stealing jewelry or something like that,” said Fish. “You wonder what other intentions that person might have.”